He was very lonely and extremely depressed about his struggling career.
JONATHAN BRANDIS : 1976 – 2003
Some time back, during the presidential campaign, we saw an articulate BO DEREK on CNBC’s “Hardball”, talking up the Republican side. She remarked that in Hollywood, admitting to Republican leanings can be a dangerous thing, career-wise. We didn’t think much of it at the time, except perhaps to muse on Bo’s languid career.
But now we’ve heard first-hand of what can happen to an actor who is even thought to be a Republican.
SHARON LAWRENCE of “NYPD Blue” was in Washington D.C. for the inauguration, attending the Creative Coalition Ball – a nonpartisan advocacy organization of the arts and entertainment community.
In the February 5 issue of PEOPLE magazine, Sharon’s photo appeared on the same page as President Bush, his daughters and several prominent Republicans.
Since the publication of that photo, Sharon, a lifelong Democrat who worked for Al Gore, has received hate mail and has been approached on the streets of Los Angeles, irately confronted about “being a Republican”.
Most disturbing, in a business meeting the other day, Sharon was chilled when a producer said with a heavy emphasis: “I have to ask, are you really a Republican?”
Considerably shaken, Lawrence tells us: “If one is even perceived to be a Republican in Hollywood, there can be an excluding reaction and people genuinely resent you.” ( The actress’s voice quavered a bit in relating her adventures in mistaken political identity. )
So let’s set the record straight : Sharon Lawrence is not a Republican.
However, we are ashamed of our fellow Yellow Dog Democrats in Tinseltown who would seek to ostracize others – even deprive them of employment – because they are members of the Grand Old Party.
That’s not the American Way!
( “Her White Elephant” by Liz Smith, Newsday : February 15, 2001 )
“It may not be the American Way, but it is the Hollywood Way.”
( “TALES FROM THE LEFT COAST : True Stories Of Hollywood Stars And Their Outrageous Politics” by James Hirsen, Crown Forum : 2003, p. 160 )
“Aside from Liz Smith’s commentary, no swoons of moral outrage poured from canary-in-a-coalmine civil libertarian wannabees Robert Redford, Susan Sarandon or Norman Lear’s venerated People for the American Way.”
( “HOLLYWOOD INTERRUPTED : Insanity Chic In Babylon – The Case Against Celebrity” by Andrew Breitbart and Mark Ebner, John Wiley & Sons, Inc. : 2004, p. 217 )